After reading the article “Islam’s Jihad Against Homosexuals” in the June 14 edition of The Wall Street Journal, I better understand the problems we face here in the United States, a land where we celebrate freedom of religion. This article, written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, explains the horrors of how Islamic Law deals with homosexuality. Quoting from his 2006 book “Crime and Punishment in Islamic Law,” author Rudolph Peters states, “the Malikites, the Shiites and some Shafi’ites and Hanbalites are of the opinion that the penalty is death, either by stoning (Malakites), the sword (some Shafi’ites and Hanbalites) or, at the discretion of the court, by killing the culprit in the usual manner with a sword, stoning him, throwing him from a (high) wall or burning him (Shiites).”
Ali goes on in his article to report horrific statistics of Muslim homophobia. It is an account well worth reading in this age of terror, when 40 out of 57 Muslim-majority countries or territories have laws that criminalize homosexuality. It is critical for us to understand that this ideology is growing in our country under the guise of religion.